Sean Jones

Sean Jones

Sean Jones is the coordinator at the ROP Center and has been working at with the children in Kigali since January 2010.

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a young man named Johnny Rich. His parents, Joe and Christine, were part of a group that included Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide who wrote a book detailing her terrible experiences and struggles to stay survive. Part of this group had visited the Rwandan Orphans Project Center last year when we were still housed in Nyabugogo and this year they returned – the first visit for the Rich family.

I’ve written before about how difficult and sad I can find it working with these boys. Although I am regularly amazed by how well some of them have dealt with their difficult circumstances and by what strong, clever, witty, warm men they have become in spite of it all, sometimes it’s impossible not to be saddened by their situations, especially when they are clearly still traumatised themselves.